Fruit on the bottom overnight oats are an easy, 5-ingredient and 10-minute prep recipe to get breakfast in the fridge for four days. Nice and thick, with plenty of fruit and a boost of protein from chia seeds.
I’m way late to the overnight oats game.
Truth is, I’ve tried them a few times and couldn’t quite get on board with the resulting texture. They were weird and watery and just not great to eat.
Turns out, I just needed to give them one more try, and add the missing ingredient: chia seeds.
These fruit on the bottom overnight oats ended up perfectly thickened, and with just enough sweetness from the fruit and maple syrup. And my favorite thing ever is that this recipe is so so so much easier than previous recipes I’ve made, with only 5 ingredients and ten minutes required to prep four portions!
Not only are overnight oats ridiculously easy to prep, and super easy to customize with different spices and extracts, but I love the fact that I can grab them right out of the fridge and eat them as is.
That’s right, these oats are served cold…to be honest I almost think they’d taste weird heated 😛
Reasons to love these fruit on the bottom overnight oats
- you can switch out the berries for whatever fruit you’d like
- add in spices (cinnamon, nutmeg would be awesome) or add different extracts (maple? vanilla?)
- they are ready in under 10 minutes and require no bowl! Make them right in your serving jars!
- they are vegan and can be easily made gluten free (just use certified GF oats)
I made these ‘fruit on the bottom’ like those fun yogurt cups I enjoyed as a kid. There’s something fun about digging to the bottom of your jar to get the yummy fruit puree and mixing it all up.
I hope you all enjoy these overnight oats as much as I have!
Tips for perfect fruit on the bottom overnight oats:
- I used 12.5 oz Weck jars, however wide mouth pint jars would also work great
- don’t skip the chia seeds, as they help thicken the oats
- swaps: berries for any other frozen fruit; maple syrup for honey; almond milk for dairy milk
- Looking for more meal prep breakfast ideas? Check out these 7 Healthy Steel Cut Oats Recipes, these Overnight Steel Cut Oats, these Healthy Breakfast Burritos with Kale & Feta, or this round-up with 28 Healthy Breakfast Meal Prep Ideas. You may also like this Chocolate Chia Pudding!
Fruit on the Bottom Overnight Oats
- 1 cup frozen fruit thawed
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 3/4 cup almond milk
- Place thawed frozen fruit in the bottom of a jar (at least 12.5 oz; 1 pint works too). Mash with a spatula until pureed.
- Add in the following order: maple syrup, rolled oats, chia seeds, and almond milk. No need to stir, just put the lid on and place in the fridge overnight.
- Store for up to 4 days. Enjoy cold.